Anna Maria is a fashion editor and stylist with roots in cycling advocacy and community organizing. She is passionate about urban cycling and commuting, and has raced road for Kissena Cycling. She is an avid world traveler who loves traveling with a bike. She's taking her first strides in cross country and downhill mountain biking. She regularly consults for fashion brands interested in adapting their clothing to the needs of female cyclists. Currently Anna Maria is the Community Manager for Levi's Commuter jeans. She is a 2016 recipient of the QBP Women's Mechanic Scholarship at the United Bicycle Institute, and can be found on the weekends fixing flats and service writing at King Kog Brooklyn.
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Jen is the creator of the “Sunday Social”, a quarterly women-only event series at Golden Saddle Cyclery that mixes education and recreation in a bike-shop setting. She is also the co-creator of the“No Garmin No Rules” brand. She rides on the road and the dirt, and sometimes in stretchy clothes. A former graphic designer, musician, and lingerie boutique owner, Jen is passionate about the fashion, art, culture and design of the cycling world. A Certified Ayurvedic Health Educator, she enjoys cooking, photography, camping, and little dogs.
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The first time I clipped in to my first road bike, I got the chills. It was Spring of 2014 and a dear friend from spin class suggested I ride the MS 150 with her. It's a two-day charity ride from Houston to Austin, totaling 150 miles with ~2k feet of climbing each day. At the time, a 45 minute indoor cycling class was intense, so this kind of ride seemed like a stretch. However, after losing over 100 lbs and always being up for new adventures and challenges, I was in. Within the first 10 miles of the ride, I was in love. The open road, the freedom, the friendly faces and camaraderie all made me feel like an immediate part of a community that I would soon learn was far greater and powerful than I could imagine.
In the past two years, cycling has become much more to me than a tool for weightloss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It's my therapy session. It provides me with some of the toughest challenges that leave me with opportunities to learn and grow. It's introduced me to some of my forever friends, helped build confidence and teach me about leadership. Quite boldly, it's changed my life.
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Caitlin is the co-founder of CycleNebraska, an organization working to cultivate a cycling community in the state of Nebraska. She rides road and gravel and recently started dipping her toes in competitive road and cyclocross racing. She is an avid advocate for women's cycling, bike infrastructure, and rescue animals. For Caitlin, cycling goes beyond the gear, speed, and bikes, and loves the strength, freedom, and friends that come from riding a bike. By day, Caitlin is a marketing director, and outside of work, she enjoys cooking, designing, finding new adventures, and dogs.
Kirsten is a commuting-by-cycle enthusiast and managing editor of Pretty Damned Fast. She is working toward a master's degree in Public Health at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY.
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